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Thrapston War Memorial Research Group

"In the Springtime of their Lives"

Photographs and biographical extracts from the book (R to S)
Rifleman Edward Percy RAWORTH
April 1895 - September 20 1917

Born in Thrapston in 1895, the oldest child of George and Harriet Annie Raworth. He was educated at Thrapston, and after leaving school entered the Thrapston Post Office as a telegraph messenger. He afterwards entered the service of Sir Edward Henry, Chief Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Percy enlisted with the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own), 11th Battalion, Service Number S/15052 at St. Paul's Churchyard, Middlesex on February 1 1916. He was killed in action on September 20 1917 at Langemark during the Third Battle of Ypres. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. A memorial service for Percy and Private John William Guest was held at Thrapston Baptist Church on Sunday October 28 1917.

Rifleman Horace William REEVE
July 3 1899 - May 28 1918

Born in Banbury, Oxfordshire in 1899, the second child of William and Sophia Reeve. It is estimated that Willie moved to Thrapston in about 1916. He enlisted in the Rifle Brigade 2nd Battalion in Kettering, probably in early 1917. He was killed on May 28 1918 between the Aisne and the Marne in the Soissons Sector. He is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, France.

Private William REEVE
July 15 1897 - March 26 1915

Born in Towcester, Northamptonshire, the oldest child of Thomas and Rose Reeve. Mr. Reeve died in circa 1912 and by the outbreak of War, Mrs. Reeve had moved to Oundle Road. He enlisted with the Northamptonshire Regiment, Service Number 12970, on August 30 1914 in Northampton, being in the 2nd Battalion. He went to the Front on February 24 1915. He was wounded by a gunshot to his head at Neuve Chapelle on March 14 1915 and died of his wounds twelve days later on March 26 1915. He is buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France. A Memorial Service was held for him and Private William Edward Cooper, who died on the same day, at Thrapston Parish Church on Sunday April 18 1915.

Private Charles Edward RICHARDSON
1893 - October 5 1915

Born in about 1893, probably in Spalding, Lincolnshire. He was the only child of Edward and Mrs. Richardson. By 1905, the family were in Wadenhoe, Northamptonshire. Charles started working for Mr. Whitney of Pilton the next year, and maintained this employment until he joined the Army. He joined the Northamptonshire Regiment, 1/4th Battalion, at Northampton on April 5 1915, Service Number 3964. He went to the Dardanelles, Turkey on July 28 1915 and was killed in action at Hill 60 on October 5 1915. He was buried initially at 1/4th Northants Cemetery and re-interred at 7 Field Ambulance Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey after the Armistice.

Gunner John James ROGERS
1894 - October 13 1918

Born in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire in 1894. His parents are named as William and Elizabeth Clark. Whether Mrs. Clark had re-married is currently unknown. John moved to Thrapston in about 1912. He worked for Mr. Hensman for three years, then at the furnaces, probably Islip. He was an enthusiastic bellringer at St. James Church. He enlisted on November 9 1915 in Thrapston with the Royal Field Artillery Territorial Force, Service Number 891544. He served in Mesopotamia, then in France. He was wounded in the back whilst servicing the guns, and died shortly afterwards of his wounds on October 13 1918. He was buried at Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Beugny, France. John is remembered in the The Central Council Memorial Book of Church Bell-Ringers Who Fell in the Great War 1914-1918 in St. Paul's Cathedral, London.

Private John Harry SHADBOLT
1898 - January 7 1919

Born in Thrapston in 1898, the second son of William and Bertha Shadbolt. He enlisted in April 1917, initially with the Transport Section, then the King's Royal Rifle Corps before transferring to the Machine Gun Corps, Service Number 108301. He went to Egypt at the end of 1917. He died of pneumonia on January 7 1919 in the 3rd Echelon Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt and was buried in Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Israel. A Memorial Service was held for him and Ernest Wilfred Barratt at St. James' Church on Sunday March 16 1919.

Private George Henry SIMPSON
1896 - October 13 1915

Born in Glinton, Northamptonshire (now Cambridgeshire) in 1896, the youngest of George H. and Jane Simpson's five children. By October 1915, Mr. Simpson and one of his daughters lived in Oundle Road, Thrapston, Mrs. Simpson having died. George enlisted in Peterborough, joining the Northamptonshire Regiment, 5th Battalion, Service Number 15990. He went to France on May 31 1915 and was wounded in the leg and head early on October 13 1915. He died later that day. He is buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, France.

Lieutenant George William Kenneth SMITH
May 20 1899 - October 22 1918

Born on May 20 1899, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Smith of Orchard House, Thrapston. On leaving school, entered the Bedford Branch of the Northamptonshire Union Bank. His Service Record states that he worked for Smith and Grace between February 1916 and May 1917. He is not named on the Company Roll of Honour. He joined the Royal Flying Corps at the end of May 1917. He was transferred to serve in France on August 14 1918. He died on October 22 1918 of wounds received whilst flying on October 8. He is buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France.

Private John Samuel SMITH
1884 - July 29 1916

Born in Thrapston in 1884, the second son of Jeremiah and Louisa Smith. By about 1904, John had joined the 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, Service Number 7686, and was to see five years service in India. A reservist, he enlisted in Thrapston and rejoined his Regiment on the outbreak of war. He was shot in the jaw at Contalmaison during an attack on Munster Alley on July 22 1916 and died seven days later at the Queen Alexandra Military Extension Hospital, London. He was buried at Oundle Road Cemetery, Thrapston with full military honours, the customary three shot volley being fired over his grave. John is named on the Thrapston and Kettering Rolls of Honour, and his name is inscribed on the Kettering War Memorial.

Private John Thomas STIMPSON
October 20 1883 - August 25 1918

Born in Kettering in 1883, the oldest son of John and Lucy Stimpson. After leaving school, John worked as a hairdresser. He married Elsie Kathleen Harris in Thrapston in 1907, and they had three children. He moved to Ramsey, Cambridgeshire just before signing up in early 1915. He enlisted in the 3/1st Hunts Cyclists Battalion, Service Number 1360 in Huntingdon on May 14 1915, before transferring to the Royal Fusiliers, Service Number 295291, and served in the 2/4th (City of London) Battalion. He went to France on August 1 1917. He was killed in action on August 25 1918 at Billow Wood near Bronfay with 13 of his comrades. He is buried at Bronfay Farm Military Cemetery, Bray-sur-Somme, France. John is commemorated on the Ramsey War Memorial, Cambridgeshire and also on his wife's (Elsie Kathleen Perkins) headstone at Oundle Road Cemetery, Thrapston.

Private John Isaac Ashton SUTCLIFFE
August 17 1890 - June 5 1916

Born in Thrapston on August 17 1890, the second son of John and Nelly Sutcliffe. John emigrated to Canada in 1909 and by 1911, the Canadian Census shows that he was living in Township 30 in ranges 22 in the Humboldt District of Saskatchewan, about 150 miles north of Regina and working as a carpenter. He enlisted with the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regiment), Service Number 108565, on December 30 1914. He sailed for England on June 12 1915, going to France on September 22 1915. He was killed on June 5 1916. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium and is also commemorated in the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance.